How to take better selfies…without pouting

How to take better selfies…without pouting


Let’s be honest selfies are vain and a bit pointless but hey, on a night out or sitting in a beach bar they can be fun….but getting a good one ain’t easy.

 I average about 25 duffers to one mildly acceptable pic

One of my early efforts

Now that I’m posting regular blogs I’ve had to skill-up on the old Selfie front…so, dear reader, here I’d like to share my, ermmm, extensive knowledge garnered from exhaustive research (Googling and You Tube-ing for an hour) and endless experimentation (I’ve sent at least 3000 selfies to Trash)

Top Tips for taking better photographs with your phone


It has a Selfie Portrait mode which makes EVERYONE look fantastic!!


Keep the camera button in an obvious place (top left/bottom right…whatever) of your phone’s home page so you don’t have to dig about in your handbag for your reading glasses to find it – by which time the moment has passed!

TOP-EST  TIP EVER  (which I only found this out the other day )  if you use an iPhone when you’re in camera mode you can take a photo by pressing the ‘volume down button’ on the side of the phone. Go on try it. It works.


Get yourself one of these little beauties – Popsocket – it’s a stick-on pop-up handle that makes texting and taking pics much easier. A proper one is about £14 (there are tons of fakes for a couple of quid )

You might also want to get a Selfie Stick. Ok, you might feel like a bit of a plonker but they do help take a good pic – especially with group shots.

Filters and Apps – jeez, now we’re entering a minefield of technical stuff.  So here’s all I know –

There are tons of them that come with most phones and a further 28 million or so Apps and Filters and Effects

Magic little wand

The one I use most is the iPhone’s little magic wand which always makes a pic look a little better.

You could experiment with some effects – moody Noir or  Chrome, big eyes, flowers in your hair  – but, personally, after age of 22, I think they look at bit silly


As any photographer will tell you lighting is everything – however…


On a sunny day (yeah right, in Scotland)  try positioning yourself near a window or an open door for a softer effect.


Find a signature post that works for you.

Don’t ask me what it should be – I’m still trying to find mine.

  You could buy one of those crappy celebrity magazines and check out how celebs (and I use the term loosely) pose.  They tend NOT to be GUZZLING WINE and some like to stick a leg out or tilt their head or do the old turn slightly to the side and bring one knee in look and then there’s that a weird hen-toed look that’s going about just now.

Also, experiment to find your best side –  take loads of pictures of your face from various angles, left and right and one will, hopefully, stand out.


Forget Cheese and try saying Juicy Prunes – gives you a sorta natural pout – oh…and try sticking your tongue up behind your front teeth to create a smile showing some teeth (actually I’ve just tried doing both at the same time and it’s impossible … so pick one)

A bit of makeup helps – you can’t go wrong with bright lipstick  – but go easy on the Touche Eclat, or you could end up looking like someone has just emulsioned your face

For close-ups…

  • The camera lens positioned just above the level of your nose is considered the sweet spot for portrait pics
  • Try turning your head quickly and then looking back at the camera to create a bit of hair movement.
  • Looking up towards the camera looks sweet and looking down sultry – take your pick
  • Try tilting both your head to one side for a  I’m so gorgeous in a casual sorta way or take a pic with the phone on the diagonal so you end up in the corner of the pic (I like that one)
  • Whatever is nearest to the camera will look bigger so if you want your lips to look bigger position the camera at the bottom of your face (double-chin alert!!)
  • Lots of people take pics with the camera above their head but this can create too much distance between your head and the lens –  try bringing the camera closer to your face.


Me holding two things

Don’t just stand there grinning hold something (keep it clean now).

It could be glass of wine, a bunch of flowers, or a cat – yes a cat, they always go down well.

If you are about to EAT something delicious, hold it in front of you, about chin-height – and smile at the camera as if you’re totally indifferent about eating it.  RESIST the urge to stuff it into your GOB


Shame about the bush

 Check the background.  I loved this pic of me and my pal Wendy at a friend’s fab wedding…until I spotted the Brillo Pad Effect plonked at the top of my head – no it’s not a backcomb or a fascinator… it’s a  BUSH


A Shoeie
  • If for some random reason you want to take a pic of your shoes (A Shoeie …yes, I did just make that up ) aim the camera straight down to make your legs look as long as possible
  • Apparently, some earphones can be used to take photographs (who knew!)
  • Make your own tripod – rest your phone on the legs of an upturned pair of sunglasses, or  raise up the camera by propping it up on top of a pile of  book (on the sunglasses)
  • Mirrors can be useful if you want to take a full body selfie, but it can take a bit of practice.

So Get Clicking…and never forget the TRASH BUTTON is your best friend.

Any selfies secrets you’d like to share? 


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  1. Pauline
    3 June 2017 / 12:54 pm

    As if you’d ever hold a cat!

    • Jill
      3 June 2017 / 12:57 pm

      I would if it increased my Blog audience 🙂 or, of course, if it was one of your cats x

    • Jill
      3 June 2017 / 12:59 pm

      I would if it increased my Blog audience 🙂 or, of course, if want one your cats

  2. 3 June 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Love this post. So cool. Sound advise, espeically for those that are intimidated by selfies. I think they are important. So importabt i made a blog post about it 🙂 thanks for sharing. Take a look if you would like.

    • Jill
      3 June 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Hey Jackie, thanks for comment. I read your post on selfies – v thought provoking. Jill x

  3. 3 June 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I would guess a large percentage of selfies are taken after consuming significant quantities of alcohol. I didn’t notice any tips for this category. I think the first tip should be:
    1) After awakening (following blacking out) and discovering where you slept for the evening, check both hands to see if either one contains your phone….now smile and push the camera button! 😀

    • Jill
      3 June 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Ha! Pretty smart. I didn’t think of that.

  4. Gerrie
    23 June 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Ever the wise and witty Jill – love the blog – can hear you speak as I read – pragmatic, irreverant and on the ball
    G 💕😘

    • Jill
      24 June 2017 / 8:06 am

      Oh thanx Gerrie. Bit Hopefully see u soon x

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